Smart bets: Cedric Burnside Project

Nine days after performing in Asheville, Cedric Burnside and his bandmate Trenton Ayers will be off to the Grammys. Descendants of Hill Country, which is up for Best Blues Album, celebrates the groove-heavy style of playing that’s been passed down within the duo’s North Mississippi home. Guitarists R.L. Burnside (Cedric’s grandfather) and fellow musician Junior Kimbrough (who played alongside Ayers’ father) are credited with popularizing the Hill Country blues, making Cedric Burnside Project’s music as much a family tradition as a vocation. During an interview with Jackson Free Press, Burnside called his Grammy nomination “great and everything, but I do it from my heart. I love to play my music, period, with or without the accolades.” Jay Brown (Lazybirds) opens the show at The Root Bar Saturday, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m. $10. Photo by Luca Prospero

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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